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How to make your own homemade Christmas crackers

Published 2 months ago. Estimated reading time: 3 minutes.

Dec 14

Ahhh, Christmas dinner…there’s always so much to think about, from the guests to the games! With cheesy jokes and paper crowns, Christmas crackers have become a standard in many a household So, if you’re wanting to try your hand at some festive crafts, or you want to impress your guests, here we will share how to make your own homemade Christmas crackers to get that dinner off with a bang!

martha brook blog post how to make your own homemade Christmas crackers

How to make your own homemade Christmas crackers

There are plenty of DIY Christmas cracker kits, which are great if you’re don’t have any crafty bits and pieces laying around the house, but in this blog, we’re going to show you how all it takes is a few bits laying around the house to make your own homemade Christmas crackers.

martha brook blog post how to make your own homemade Christmas crackers

All you will need is:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard tube (toilet roll)
  • Sellotape
  • Ribbon or string
  • Scissors
  • Cracker snaps

Step 1

Gather your materials, and make sure you’re using one toilet roll per cracker! If you want to make 20 Christmas crackers, you’ll need 20 cardboard tubes. Toilet roll tubes are perfect as they’re a similar size to other Christmas crackers and can be recycled!

Step 2

Gather some wrapping paper, which will be the outside of your Christmas crackers so make sure this is face down, and cut a rectangular section that is longer than your cardboard tube. You’ll want roughly 15-20cm in excess on each side of the cardboard tube, but you can have this shorter or longer based on your preferences!

Step 3

Place your wrapping paper face down with the longest sides being at the top and bottom and place your cardboard tube flush against the bottom longest edge of your rectangle of wrapping paper. Make sure the tube is centred and you can use a bit of Sellotape to secure the wrapping paper to the cardboard tube!

Step 4

Then roll away! Wrap the paper around the cardboard tube and secure in place to make one wider tube, it should end up looking a bit like a small roll of wrapping paper at this stage.

Step 5

Gently twist one side of the wrapping paper around the ends of the cardboard tube to create your cracker ends and secure with some pretty ribbon or string. If you’re including a cracker snap, to get that little pop when you open them, make sure to feed this through the cracker before securing with the ribbon.

Step 6

Now add your contents! From cheesy jokes to paper crowns to little trinkets, fill yours to your hearts desire to impress your dinner guests.

martha brook blog post how to make your own homemade Christmas crackers

There you have it! We hope you manage to create some really lovely homemade Christmas crackers to impress your Christmas dinner guests.

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